Rugby league club finally secures a big-name signing.
Try-scoring sensation Sisa Waqa has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Melbourne Storm to sign a two-year deal with the Canberra Raiders.
It is the first big-name signing for the Raiders after they looked set to gain such stars as Kevin Proctor, Michael Ennis and James Tedesco.
However, all three pulled out of negotiations at various times with Tedesco’s about-turn coming at the eleventh hour.
Waqa though gives the team another attacking weapon with the flying Fijian showing he is one of the best finishers close to the try-line in the NRL in the past two seasons.
Sisa is an extremely well liked member of our club, he has worked extremely hard to become the NRL player he is today,” Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said.
“While Sisa was contracted for another season, he received an offer from the Raiders that was too good to refuse.
“He has a young family to look after and we weren’t going to stand in the way in doing what’s best for them.
“We know Sisa will be committed and focused on finishing the season well with Melbourne Storm.
“He is a Melbourne Storm premiership player and he and his family will always be welcome at the club.”
The addition of Waqa is set to relieve the pressure on Raiders coach Rickey Stuart slightly, as Canberra suffers through an eventful first season under his command.